10/25/2022 Kim O'Brien

Diplomat Spirit Soars at True Blue Weekend

F&M True Blue Weekend 2022

Diplomat spirit embraced every corner of Franklin & Marshall College Oct. 21-23, as students, parents and alumni were warmly welcomed back to campus for True Blue Weekend. The annual Homecoming and Family Weekend offered something for every class year. 

Nostalgia rippled across campus in varied shades of blue. It could be found reflected in the windows of campus buildings adorned with Diplomat decals. In the cobalt Adirondack chairs on Marshall Green and Hartman Green, inviting alumni to sit and reminisce. In the sea of blue jerseys at Shadek Stadium, where current students cheered alongside members of the 1972 undefeated football squad, bridging 50 years of liberal arts education. 

Throughout Friday, visitors to campus enjoyed open classes, coffee hours, campus tours and various class year gatherings. The Fall Academic Research Fair spotlighted the internships, entrepreneurship and research experiences of more than 50 students. 

Alumni, friends and families made their way to dozens of events across campus Saturday, including athletic competitions, academic department meet and greets, and a lively tailgate.

F&M President Barbara Altmann welcomed community members with remarks in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.

“This year, there is a tremendous feeling of optimism, excitement, and good cheer on campus,” she said. “Just by being here this weekend, you are helping us to live our mission as a lifelong learning community.”

“We are all Diplomats forever, and our continued engagement with the College matters,” Altmann added.

View the gallery below for more highlights. For more photos, view the complete 2022 True Blue gallery.

  • A Cappella Concert featuring student singing groups Kite & Keys, Poor Richards, Sweet Ophelia and The Chessmen. A Cappella Concert featuring student singing groups Kite & Keys, Poor Richards, Sweet Ophelia and The Chessmen. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • A Cappella Concert featuring student singing groups Kite & Keys, Poor Richards, Sweet Ophelia and The Chessmen. A Cappella Concert featuring student singing groups Kite & Keys, Poor Richards, Sweet Ophelia and The Chessmen. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The campus community gathered at Williamson for a True Blue Weekend Tailgate, partaking in food, photos and fun. The campus community gathered at Williamson for a True Blue Weekend Tailgate, partaking in food, photos and fun. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The campus community gathered at Williamson for a True Blue Weekend Tailgate, partaking in food, photos and fun. The campus community gathered at Williamson for a True Blue Weekend Tailgate, partaking in food, photos and fun. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The campus community gathered at Williamson for a True Blue Weekend Tailgate, partaking in food, photos and fun. The campus community gathered at Williamson for a True Blue Weekend Tailgate, partaking in food, photos and fun. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Choral Concert featuring The Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers. Choral Concert featuring The Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The Fall Research Fair, a poster session featuring the research projects of F&M summer scholars. The Fall Research Fair, a poster session featuring the research projects of F&M summer scholars. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The Fall Research Fair, a poster session featuring the research projects of F&M summer scholars. The Fall Research Fair, a poster session featuring the research projects of F&M summer scholars. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • F&M President Barbara Altmann with Robert B. Falk, Jr., M.D., '67, recipient of the Nevonian Medal, presented to an alumnus who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College. F&M President Barbara Altmann with Robert B. Falk, Jr., M.D., '67, recipient of the Nevonian Medal, presented to an alumnus who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Robert B. Falk, Jr., M.D., '67, recipient of the Nevonian Medal, presented to an alumnus who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College. Robert B. Falk, Jr., M.D., '67, recipient of the Nevonian Medal, presented to an alumnus who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Alumni gathered at the Nevonian Celebration and Induction Ceremony, honoring the 50th Reunion Class of 1972. Alumni gathered at the Nevonian Celebration and Induction Ceremony, honoring the 50th Reunion Class of 1972. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Blue and white decor adorned the window of campus buildings. Blue and white decor adorned the window of campus buildings. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Diplomat football fans celebrated a homecoming win at Shadek Stadium. Diplomat football fans celebrated a homecoming win at Shadek Stadium. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Diplomat athletes and fans gathered for a tailgate outside Shadek Stadium. Diplomat athletes and fans gathered for a tailgate outside Shadek Stadium. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Diplomat football fans celebrated a homecoming win at Shadek Stadium. Diplomat football fans celebrated a homecoming win at Shadek Stadium. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The Diplomat football team takes on the Dickinson Red Devils, thrilling spectators with a 28-17 victory. The Diplomat football team takes on the Dickinson Red Devils, thrilling spectators with a 28-17 victory. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The F&M pep band leads the Williamson True Blue Tailgate crowd toward Shadek Stadium. The F&M pep band leads the Williamson True Blue Tailgate crowd toward Shadek Stadium. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The F&M pep band prepares to play at the Williamson True Blue Tailgate. The F&M pep band prepares to play at the Williamson True Blue Tailgate. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Frederick M. Reed ’58 is recognized at the The African American Alumni Council Sydney N. Bridgett '51 Award ceremony honoring alumni of African descent for outstanding achievement in a chosen profession or endeavor. Frederick M. Reed ’58 is recognized at the The African American Alumni Council Sydney N. Bridgett '51 Award ceremony honoring alumni of African descent for outstanding achievement in a chosen profession or endeavor. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The African American Alumni Council Sydney N. Bridgett '51 Award ceremony honoring alumni of African descent for outstanding achievement in a chosen profession or endeavor. Awardees included: Frederick M. Reed ’58, Michael A. Hyman ’79, Jeffrey W. Levy ’83, Robert K. Koomson ’97, Adara Combs ’09 and Shakerra D. Lauther ’11. The African American Alumni Council Sydney N. Bridgett '51 Award ceremony honoring alumni of African descent for outstanding achievement in a chosen profession or endeavor. Awardees included: Frederick M. Reed ’58, Michael A. Hyman ’79, Jeffrey W. Levy ’83, Robert K. Koomson ’97, Adara Combs ’09 and Shakerra D. Lauther ’11. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Students, parents and alumni gather for Coffee Hour at the Joseph International Center. Students, parents and alumni gather for Coffee Hour at the Joseph International Center. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The splendor of fall was on full display as F&M volunteers shuttled campus visitors to various events. The splendor of fall was on full display as F&M volunteers shuttled campus visitors to various events. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The English Department Salon and Open House featured readings from retired Professor of English Sands Hall, Alumni Professor of Writing Nicholas Montemarano, and author Sana Rafi '06 at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House. The English Department Salon and Open House featured readings from retired Professor of English Sands Hall, Alumni Professor of Writing Nicholas Montemarano, and author Sana Rafi '06 at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The splendor of fall was on full display at F&M during True Blue Weekend. The splendor of fall was on full display at F&M during True Blue Weekend. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Glenn Robinson, retired men’s basketball coach and wife Kathy, caught up with Al Ingraham ’72, president of Diplomat Athletic Club. Glenn Robinson, retired men’s basketball coach and wife Kathy, caught up with Al Ingraham ’72, president of Diplomat Athletic Club. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The splendor of fall was on full display at F&M during True Blue Weekend. The splendor of fall was on full display at F&M during True Blue Weekend. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Visitors needed only to look up to spot Franklin & Marshall College's iconic campus cupola and weathervane atop the Anne and Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts in Hensel Hall. Visitors needed only to look up to spot Franklin & Marshall College's iconic campus cupola and weathervane atop the Anne and Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts in Hensel Hall. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
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